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    studio projects c1 vs. Baby Blue Bottle

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    our of those 2 mic.. Which one best shines on vocals?

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    The C1 is a mic that has a high end bump which can be good with certain male vocalists.

    The Baby Bottle is unhyped but sort of hot in its sonics. It'd probably work with more voices and sound great especially with female voices or higher pitched male voices.

    So, the answer to your question is that it depends on the singer.

    I currently subscribe to the Chessrock theory of vocal mics for the small studio. In essence, you need one mic with some top end such as the Blue Dragonfly and a mic without that's shaved a little on the high end such as the EV RE20.

    The AT4040 and the AT3035 sort of fall in between these two sorts of sounds.

    So, if you get a C1 (or splurge for a Blue Dragonfly), then you'll want something without the high end. You'll end up adding a Baby Bottle, an EV RE20 or a Shure SM7. And, you'll likely even want to add something in between such as AT4040 the AT4040.

    If you start with the AT3035 or AT4040 the AT4040 you might be totally satisfied or you might want to add a mic with that high end sheen as well as another mic with the high end sort of shaved off a bit.

    It's maddening. Isn't it?

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    excellent advice
    let me throw rode ntk into that mix
    It is very nice on acoustics and vocals
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    While the NTK is a valid addition to the mics mentioned, it, like all the others will only suit certain voices and for that matter certain acoustics. On the simgers I have tried it for, it wasn't the right mic.........obviously, YMMV.


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    I cant recall using the same vocal mic on 2 consecutive projects. All the talk of more $ = better mic misses the point. Youre better off with a few smartly picked $2-600 mics than 1 soundeluxe or 1 gefell. Diversity will serve you better over several projects than one great mic. Once youve got a few solid mics, it becomes about what mic flatters what singer and what doesnt. The voice is a very subtle thing that everybody is sensitive to and the voice is the first thing people hear in a recording. There can be 2 singers which sound 90% alike but find very dif audiences and levels of success (all other things being equal). A little too much honk or low mid or 160Hz and its a dif vocal and people respond differently.
    One of the most important decisions an engineer or producer can make is what mic to use on vocals.

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    That's a really good point you bring up, Jusum.

    Still, I just can't help but think . . . some mics just sound better. Ya know? They just do. I mean, I listen right here to good mics over my monitors, and the good mics just sound like . . . well, good mics.

    They somehow have that "non-crappy" thing going on that seems to be characteristics of mics that . . . uh . . . aren't crappy.

    Call me crazy . . . call me spoiled.

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    Now heres the thing. I didnt say crappy, I said good. A handful of good mics is better than 1 great mic.

    I dont mean to mitigate the value of a great mic. There is a definite dif bet good and great. I think alot of what great mics do is give you a certain sound which you find on alot of mainstream records. *Good* mics dont have that sound but will do a fine, fine job. It comes down to what youre going for and....how much you worship the *mainstream* *establishment* *corporate* sound of popular music.

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    I agree wholeheartedly with just about all of what you're saying, there.

    The beauty of this discussion is that there's really several ways of looking at it. I certainly wouldn't say that, in all cases, it's better to have a bunch of good than one great . . . because it depends on just how great the great one is, among many other factors. But at the same time, it is very true that one size will rarely fit all.

    I do, however, believe wholeheartedly that the guys who are in the "I'd rather have 10 good mics than 1 great mic" camp have probably never had the chance to work with a truly great mic. Sure, the great ones can be hit and miss just like anything else, but there are some times when a mic can bring a certain magic in the way it interacts with the tonal characteristics of the source. And it's just a really cool thing when that happens, and I think if you experience that, it can kind of change the way you look at your microphone aquisition strategy.

    A lot of us have tracked stuff we're proud of, I'm sure. But how often have you listened to something over your monitors that you recorded and said: "Damn. That sounds about as good as / better than what I hear on a lot of my favorite records." ? And even it doesn't happen very often, it's worth it for the few times, I think. Sometimes it might boil down to "Would you rather have consistantly good tracks or the occasional brilliant tracks?"

    Very generally speaking, of course.

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    I'd rather have 10 good mics rather than 1 great mic.




    I take that back.
    I've used the AKG C24 on a whole drumkit.


    I'll take the C24 and you can keep the the rest!

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    Alright, how's this for an analogy? :

    Would you rather sleep with a moderatly attractive woman -- let's say a 7 (maybe even an 8) -- every night . . .

    . . . or would you trade that for the opportunity to sleep with a drop-dead, cetified sex pot -- an 11 -- once a month ?


    It would be a tough call, but I might be able to live with the "once a month" regiment.

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